OK, so once in a while I go political. Let me state up front that I am not rabidly for or against either of the two major political parties. I AM pro-life, pro-morality, and anti-big government. Most of all I am pro-God. What follows is an upshot of the discussions I have followed and participated in since the special election in Massachusetts. Many may not agree with me, and that’s OK. Since this is my blog I get to set the rules, so let’s just keep it civil – especially if you want your comments to stay. I don’t as a rule block or edit comments, but I will not allow off color, or obscene comments, nor will I tolerate personal attacks, implied or otherwise, on me or anyone else – especially anyone else. Now for the main event.
“A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” – Benjamin Franklin
I have been saddened by how many people dismiss the Republican Party as the party of no compassion, or anti social. Not because I am a Republican, but because it shows a fundamental lack of knowledge of our history. Maybe this stuff isn’t being taught in schools anymore, no, scratch the maybe, I’m pretty sure it is not. Historically, what has the Republican Party stood for? Is it big business as so many have claimed? Or was it something else? Let’s take a look at their stands over the years.
Abolition of slavery, this was the issue that the Republican Party formed around in 1854, their first presidential candidate, John Freemont, ran on an anti-slavery platform in 1856 and finished second to James Buchanan. In 1860 their second candidate Abraham Lincoln was elected on a similar platform. In contrast the Democratic Party platform was pro slavery. (Don’t flame me, it’s a fact, look it up for yourself.) Post Civil War, southern Republicans form local “Union League” clubs to combat the KKK.
The party also supported Woman’s Suffrage, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the 14th Amendment (due process, equal protection, etc.) Let’s talk about the 14th Amendment for a moment. It was specifically crafted to protect African-American rights, the Senate the vote was strictly along party lines with Republicans voting for and Democrats against it.
The Republican Party was also responsible for the 15th Amendment (“right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”). Howard University was established and funded by a Republican controlled congress, specifically to provide education to emancipated slaves. Dissent in the Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896 – which declared “separate but equal” to be constitutional was lead by a Republican appointee, and the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was passed by a Republican Majority and signed by a Republican President (Eisenhower). Neither FDR nor Harry Truman made any effort to pass this legislation despite their popularity among those of a more liberal bent. Brown vs. The Board of Education was also supported by the Republican Party.
The First African American, Hispanic, Jewish and Asian-American Senators, and the first woman US representative were all Republicans, the first woman Supreme Court Justice was appointed BY a Republican – in fact, Republican Administrations have by and large led the way with many firsts in minority appointees. Despite the light many have tried to cast it in, anyone who honestly looks at the Republican Party and it’s actions (not what has been said about them but the unadulterated record), clearly show it to be the civil rights party.
I could go on and on … there are issues I have not even touched in the interests of focus and brevity. All this is not hard to find out, although you will not read it in most history books. You don’t even have to go on a pro Republican site; in fact, I deliberately avoided them in researching this article. Now, I don’t expect anyone to go out and become a Republican because of this, in fact I don’t care what you are or become. My hope is it will start you thinking and make you a little less likely to take what anyone says at face value. Go ahead, check my facts – please! And the next time someone tells you what to think, check theirs as well. Let your electoral choices be based upon facts, and truth. Choose your candidates carefully looking not just at what they say, but what they do as well. My prayer is that you will make informed, moral, wise choices.
“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of this country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man….The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.” – Samuel Adams